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Friday, November 3 • 10:30 - 12:00
501 – Science Slam: An Interactive Framework for Engaging the Public in Canadian Science/ Science Slam : Un cadre interactif pour susciter la participation du public dans la science canadienne
Panel Organizer: Alan Shapiro, Science Slam Canada

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Panel Organizer: Alan Shapiro, Science Slam Canada

Based on the format of a poetry slam, a science slam is a competition that allows a range of scientific knowledge holders, including professors, researchers, students, and educators to share a topic of interest with a general audience and be judged on their communications skills.
Science slams have been popular in Europe for more than a decade but have only recently gained traction in North America. Science Slam Canada was founded in 2016 and now runs quarterly science slams in Vancouver. Given rapid growth and broad interest, Science Slam Canada is in the process of expanding to other cities across Canada.
Competitors have five minutes to present on any science topic and are judged based on communication skills, audience engagement, and scientific accuracy. The first speaker is designated a ‘sacrificial slammer’ and serves to set the baseline for scoring. Presentations are delivered to a live audience and are adjudicated by judges selected for their background in science and science communication. Past judges have included university professors, industry scientists, educators, science media personalities, and improvisers.
Because of the focus on communication, knowledge holders are not limited in their choice of topic; past presentations have ranged from graduate students speaking about their own research to educators sharing their topics of interest. Unique to Science Slam Canada, use of a projector or slideshow is not allowed, but props and creative presentation styles are encouraged.

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Nikki Berreth

Co-Founder & Science Communication Specialist, Science Slam Canada & LitScientist
Nikki Berreth is a science communicator and educator living in Vancouver, Canada. With a background in science and the fine arts, she is always looking for new ways to relay both scientific and technical knowledge to her intended audience; as a result, Nikki has co-founded several... Read More →
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Alan Shapiro

Co-Founder & Science Communication Specialist, Science Slam Canada & LitScientist
Alan Shapiro is a Vancouver-based environmental professional and science communicator. He is co-founder and host of Science Slam, a competition where scientists, students, and educators share their science with the public and are judged on communication skills and audience engagement... Read More →

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Irem Bor-Yaliniz

Graduate student, Carleton University
Irem Bor-Yaliniz is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She received scholarships through the Engage grant of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in 2014, and the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Science... Read More →
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Masha Cemma

Canadian Science Policy Fellow, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Masha Cemma is passionate about using science and policy to protect people and animals around the world from deadly infectious diseases. She holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, where she examined how mammalian cells defend themselves against invading... Read More →
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Kimberly Girling

Canadian Science Policy Fellow, Defence Research and Development Canada
Dr. Kimberly Girling holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, where she studied new therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness.  Kimberly was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship. Through... Read More →
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Danny Jomaa

Graduate Student, University of Ottawa
Danny Jomaa is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, where he researches ways to stop brain cancer in its tracks (quite literally) and delves into science communication and policy on the side. In his undergraduate years, Danny worked in advocacy for the intersection of physical... Read More →
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Aybuke Ozel

Undergraduate student, University of Ottawa
Aybuke Ozel is a fourth year civil engineering student at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about inspiring youth with STEM. This summer, Aybuke has been working as an outreach instructor in Nunavut running STEM workshops and summer camps with Actua Canada. She is involved... Read More →
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Peter Soroye

Graduate student, University of Ottawa
Peter Soroye is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, studying the effects of climate change and land-use change on bumblebee communities world-wide. I was pulled into STEM research by a love of the natural world, a passion for discovery and a desire to help develop... Read More →

Friday November 3, 2017 10:30 - 12:00 EDT
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